Italy passes laws to combat one of Europe's worst corruption records

With a corruption ranking in global indices to rival Senegal's and Swaziland's, Italy has now made landmark moves to clean the country up

by the commentator on 22 May 2015 08:39

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Italy's lower house of parliament passed a landmark new bill on Thursday in an effort to clean up a country that many see as one of the most corrupt in Europe.

According to international watchdog Transparency International's 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index, Italy is in 69th position in the world.

It is ranked at the bottom of the table of EU countries along with Greece, Bulgaria and Romania. These four countries are also ranked at the same level as Swaziland and Senegal.

According to Italy's English language outlet The Local:

"Those convicted of accounting fraud, which was decriminalized in 2002 by Silvio Berlusconi’s government, will face jail terms of up to ten years

"The law will also see those convicted of corruption, including bribery and public contract rigging, jailed for up to ten years."

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